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Donald Trump denies dispute reports with top aides over Iran policy

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday denied friction with his hawkish foreign policy advisers on Iran, specifically giving statements of support to White House national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump called “bullshit” a variety of news reports that he had chafed at his advisers and privately expressed concerns that they were trying to...

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Malaysia formally declares MH370 an accident, passengers dead

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has formally declared the missing flag-carrier MH370 an ‘accident’ and its passengers and crew ‘dead’, as well as announced for compensation payments to the victims’ relatives. Malaysian Civil Aviation Chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said on Thursday, “It is therefore, with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that, on behalf of the government of Malaysia, we officially declare...

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US-led air strikes hit IS targets in Syria and Iraq

WASHINGTON: The United States and coalition partners launched six air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, and 12 more in Iraq as they kept up pressure on the insurgent group, the U.S. military said on Thursday. Among the strikes, which occurred between 8 a.m. local time Wednesday and 8 a.m. on Thursday, were five near Kobani, striking an Islamic...

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Car bomb, rockets kill 26 in Egypt’s Sinai

CAIRO: Militants fired a barrage of rockets and set off a car bomb Thursday killing at least 26 people, mostly soldiers, in Egypt´s North Sinai province, where security forces are battling a raging insurgency. Militants have regularly attacked security forces in the Sinai Peninsula since president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi...

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Two Israeli soldiers, UN official killed in Israel-Hezbollah clash

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT: Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war. The soldiers were killed when Hezbollah fired five missiles at a convoy of Israeli military vehicles on the frontier with Lebanon. The peacekeeper, serving with...

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Afghan Taliban not a terrorist group: White House officials

The White House is darwing a sharp distinction between the Taliban group in Afghanistan and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) which is also known as Daesh. White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz described the Taliban group in Afghanistan as an “armed insurgency” while responding to a question regarding prisoner swap plan by the Jordanian government with...

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Suspected rebels kill 2 Indian troops in occupied Kashmir

An Indian army colonel and a police officer were killed Tuesday in a gun battle with rebels in Indian-held Kashmir. Indian police said two rebels were also killed during the encounter in Hundoora village, 50 kilometres south of the region's main city of Srinagar. Indian forces had laid siege to a house in the village, acting on information that a...

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Jordan says ready to free Iraqi militant if pilot released

Jordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman detained for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing in Amman if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released. "Jordan is ready to release prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh was released and his life spared," Mohammad al-Momani, a government spokesman,...

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Hezbollah missile wounds four Israeli soldiers on Lebanon frontier

A Hezbollah missile strike wounded four Israeli soldiers on Wednesday, the biggest attack on Israeli forces by the Lebanese guerrilla group since a 34-day war in 2006. In an apparent revenge attack for an Israeli air strike in Syria that killed senior Hezbollah members, the group said its "Quneitra Martyrs Brigade" had carried out Wednesday's hit on an Israeli convoy...

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Mother of Japanese captive begs PM to save son held by Islamic State

TOKYO: The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber. The voice on the video added that another hostage, Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, had a shorter time to live. Japan confirmed...

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Obama in Saudi Arabia to offer condolence on King Abdullah death

RIYADH: US President Barack Obama flew in to Saudi Arabia Tuesday, leading a heavyweight delegation to offer condolences on King Abdullah's death and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years. The United States established full diplomatic relations with the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom in 1940 and the unlikely allies remain bound by shared interests in regional stability and oil....

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Car bomb explodes outside Libya hotel, killing three guards

TRIPOLI: A car bomb exploded outside a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Tuesday, killing three guards, a security official said. Security forces were surrounding the Corinthia hotel, the most prominent hotel in Tripoli, where gunmen believed to be responsible for the blast were holed up inside the building. One gunman has been arrested, security spokesman Essam Naas...

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Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking Iran plan

A former CIA officer has been convicted of leaking classified details of a US operation against Iran to a reporter. Jeffrey Sterling denied the leak but was found guilty in a Virginia court of all nine counts he faced. New York Times reporter James Risen was the recipient of what former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testified was one of...

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Emirates, Etihad, Air Arabia suspend Baghdad flights

DUBAI: United Arab Emirates (UAE) airlines Emirates, Etihad and Air Arabia have suspended flights to Baghdad in compliance with security guidance from the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority, the companies said. Dubai government-backed discount carrier FlyDubai earlier said that damage had been discovered to the fuselage of one of its aircraft “consistent with small arms fire” after it landed at...

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10 dead, 21 hurt in crash of Greek F-16 jet at base

SPAIN: AN F16 fighter jet crashed after “losing power during a training exercise” killing 10 people today. The incident left another 13 people injured after the plane crashed shortly after take-off at an air base near Madrid, Spain. A defence ministry spokesman said the Greek F16 crashed during a NATO training exercise shortly after take-off. A statement said: “The plane,...

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US and India can be ‘best partners’: Obama

NEW DELHI: President Barack Obama said the United States could be India´s "best partner" Tuesday as he wrapped up a three-day visit to New Delhi by highlighting the shared values of the world´s biggest democracies. Speaking to an audience of young people, the US president reiterated that the relationship between Washington and New Delhi "can be one of the defining...

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Obama vows $4 billion to India in loans

NEW DELHI: US President Barack Obama ended a landmark day in India on Monday with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the "untapped potential" of a business and strategic partnership between the world's largest democracies. Earlier in the day, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Obama was the first...

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